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Wari : lords of the ancient Andes

Author: Susan E BerghLuis Guillermo LumbrerasLuis Jaime CastilloCleveland Museum of Art.Museum of Art (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); et al; All authors
Publisher: [New York] : Thames & Hudson ; [Cleveland] : The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2012, ©2012.
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"Eminent ancestors of the better-known Inca, the Wari ascended to power in the south-central highlands of Peru in about AD 600, underwent a period of explosive growth, and then, by AD 1000, collapsed. During this lifespan, they created a society of such unprecedented complexity that many today regard it as the first empire in the Andes. Elite arts and the ideologies that informed them were among the culture's most  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan E Bergh; Luis Guillermo Lumbreras; Luis Jaime Castillo; Cleveland Museum of Art.; Museum of Art (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); Kimbell Art Museum.; et al
ISBN: 9780500516560 0500516561 9781935294078 1935294075
OCLC Number: 809687156
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition held at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Oct. 28, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013; the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Feb. 10-May 19, 2013; and the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, June 16-Sept. 8, 2013.
Description: xv, 296 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps (some col.), plans ; 30 cm.
Contents: The history of inquiry into the Wari and their arts / Susan E. Bergh and Justin Jennings --
Interpreting a cosmopolitan Andean society. The rise of an Andean empire / Katharina Schreiber ; Looking at the Wari empire from the outside in / Luis Jaime Castillo Butters --
Transforming the world. The Wari built environment : landscape and architecture of empire / Gordon F. McEwan and Patrick Ryan Williams ; The art of feasting : building an empire with food and drink / Donna Nash ; The coming of the staff deity / Anita G. Cook ; Archives in clay : the styles and stories of Wari ceramic artists / Patricia J. Knobloch ; Shattered ceramics and offerings / Mary Glowacki ; Tapestry-woven tunics / Susan E. Bergh ; Tie-dyed tunics / Ann Pollard Rowe ; Featherwork / Heidi King ; Inlaid and metal ornaments / Susan E. Bergh ; Figurines / Susan E. Bergh ; Wood containers and cups / Susan E. Bergh --
The aftermath. Wari's Andean legacy / William H. Isbell and Margaret Young-Sánchez ; Checklist of the exhibition ; Reference list.
Other Titles: Lords of the ancient Andes
Responsibility: Susan E. Bergh ; introduction by Luis G. Lumbreras ; with Luis Jaime Castillo Butters ... [et al.].

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"Eminent ancestors of the better-known Inca, the Wari ascended to power in the south-central highlands of Peru in about AD 600, underwent a period of explosive growth, and then, by AD 1000, collapsed. During this lifespan, they created a society of such unprecedented complexity that many today regard it as the first empire in the Andes. Elite arts and the ideologies that informed them were among the culture's most prominent exports. From their eponymous capital, one of the largest archaeological sites in South America, the Wari sent elaborate objects and textiles to their highland provincial centers as well as down into populous Pacific coastal areas to the west. The arts were crucial to their political, economic, and religious systems. Since the Wari did not write, the arts took on special roles in preserving and communicating information. This book is published on the occasion of an exhibition organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art that features some 170 objects from collections in Canada, Europe, Peru, and the United States. The selection covers the full range of Wari elite arts: elaborate textiles, which probably were at the core of Wari value systems; sophisticated ceramics of various styles; exquisite personal ornaments made of precious materials; carved wood containers; and works in stone and other media. The exhibition, the first in North America devoted to the arts of the Wari, was curated and the cataloged edited by Susan E. Bergh, curator of Pre-Columbian and Native North American art at the Cleveland Museum of Art."--P. [2] of cover.

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